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Read-Along: Appointment in Samarra

I saw this read-along posted on Dolce Bellezza and thought, why not? It’s short and a nice departure from my current reading list. Looks like it’s a joint venture with Wuthering Expectations, a new to me blog.

Here’s a blurb from Appointment in Samarra:

One of the great novels of small-town American life, Appointment in Samarra is John O’Hara’s crowning achievement. In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, social circuit is electrified with parties and dances. At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English. But in one rash moment born inside a highball glass, Julian breaks with polite society and begins a rapid descent toward self-destruction.

Join us? Read and post throughout the month of September using this hashtag: #SamarraInSeptember.

Sunday Matters: Things Have Changed

Sunday Matters

The world of book blogging is so different these days. Interaction is as an all-time low and yet I plug on. My intent for this blog was to record my thoughts about the books I’ve read but the community aspect was a welcome bonus. I miss it. People are busy. Distractions are at an all-time high. I really need to be plugged-in or the world kind of takes over.


Right Now:

I am typing this with a sore arm. I got my flu shot yesterday. Hard to believe it’s that time of year but it is. Just sitting here, watching the news and sipping coffee.

Have you pulled your Halloween decorations out yet? This may happen soon for us. I’ve seen a few houses decorated even though it’s been warm this week.

This Week:

Monday and Tuesday is “fall break” here but I do not have the days off. The callback list for The Music Man posts late Tuesday.  There is a volleyball game Thursday and right after that a dress rehearsal for the choir concert which will be Friday and Saturday. I also have book club. Saturday is The Girl’s 14th birthday.

In addition to everything else, my son got a job performing at Six Flags for Fright Fest so every weekend he shows up for make-up and then works until 1 a.m. He’s 19 but I still worry about somebody punching him out from sheer terror. He, of course, thinks this is ridiculous even though he knows it happens. He learned this when he worked tech at last year’s Fright Fest. They also throw bricks, apparently.


My Sleeping Beauties read along did not get the participation I had hoped for (#sleepingbeautiesRAL) but some of my fave people were able to join last-minute and I can’t tell you how happy that makes me! I am four chapters in and it’s pretty good so far. I just love a good King chunkster.

My book club meets this week too so I must also get to The Lathe of Heaven but it’s pretty short.


AHS - Cult

American Horror Story is starting to get good.  Information has been revealed about some of the main characters and it’s interesting how it’s all coming together.

Fear the Walking Dead is still holding my attention but Madison is so annoying. She is the main character and from all the fan comments no one likes her, so why does she remain?

With today being the first day of October that means it’s time to come up with my horror movie viewing list. I always wait too long to watch and then before I know it, Halloween is over so this year I want to start early.


I made a taco bake one night. I also made a chicken stir fry. A pasta and sausage with cream sauce dish which is my absolute favorite thing. Pizza was in there somewhere. I really have a craving for seafood but no one eats it but me.

Grateful for:

Weekends when we can get away, even if only for a half day. Since The Girl’s actual birthday is filled with activities we took this past Saturday to celebrate and it was good.